Dunfermline v Hibernian preview

Team news for Saturday afternoon's SPL clash between Dunfermline and Hibernian at East End Park (kick-off 12.30pm).

Last Updated: 16/09/11 at 12:08

Murray: Hibs skipper has a knee complaint

Murray: Hibs skipper has a knee complaint

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Dunfermline have doubts over the fitness of recent signing Craig Easton as they prepare to face Hibs with an injury-depleted squad.

Easton made his debut in last weekend's 3-2 defeat to Kilmarnock but had to be substituted at half-time with a shin injury and is rated just 50-50.

Talismanic midfielder Martin Hardie will definitely miss out again with an ankle injury, whilst Steven McDougall (groin), Nick Phinn (hamstring), Kevin Rutkiewicz (hip) and Steven Bell (Achilles) are also sidelined.

Hibernian captain Ian Murray could miss the game after aggravating a knee complaint last week against Aberdeen.

Manager Colin Calderwood describes Murray as a doubt. Garry O'Connor is set to lead the Hibs attack, while midfielder Matt Thornhill could return from the knock which kept him out of the clash against the Dons.

Long-term absentees Phil Airey and Sean Welsh will both miss the trip to Fife.

Dunfermline (from): Gallacher, J Thomson, Dowie, Keddie, McCann, Mason, Cardle, Burns, Kirk, Barrowman, Graham, Smith, R Thomson, Buchanan, Potter, Young, Willis, Boyle.

Hibernian (from): Stack, Brown, Booth, Hanlon, O'Hanlon, Thornhill, Stephens, Osbourne, Palsson, Wotherspoon, Galbraith, Scott, Griffiths, Stevenson, Sproule, O'Connor, Sodje, Towell.

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